Vitu (Pole Vitu)

Vitu is a member of the Western Oceanic branch of Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 7,000 people on the islands of Big Vitu (Garove) and Mudua in the Talasea District of West New Britian Province in the west of Papua New Guinea.

Vitu is also known as Muduapa, Pole Matotoa, Tok Vitu, Vittu or Witu. Native speakers call it Pole Vitu. There are two dialects: Vitu and Muduapa, which is spoken on the island of Mudua, and is classified as a separate language by some people.

Vitu was first written in the 1940s by a German priest, who used the Latin script. Since then the orthography of Vitu has been standardized, and the language is taught in primary schools. However, there is little written material in the language.

Vitu alphabet and pronunciation

Vitu alphabet and pronunciation


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Sample text

Boto katiu, na kapiru tavine kamani tama-na hiro ta mia na malaka kote katiu. Na tavine kote kua, hiza-na a Galiki.


Once there was a girl who live with her father in a small village. The girl's name was Galiki.

Source: Vitu Grammar Sketch by René van den Berg and Peter Bachet

Video in Vitu

Information about Vitu | Numbers


Information about Vitu

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bariai, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Lakon, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nanggu, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Tamambo, Tami, Teanu, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Uneapa, Vatlongos, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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